What you need to know about whois – why web privacy matters

Let’s say you already have a custom domain – a website ready for marketing efforts and now you’re looking to register your domain. Out of nowhere the term private registration pops up. What is it and why does it matter?

Private registration is a crucial step in ensuring that your website, customers, and ultimately your business is secure. By the end of this post, you’ll know why you can’t skip this option.

Private registration, in a nutshell, protects your businesses’ and your personal information. Before we talk about why private registration is necessary, let’s first look at why your information could be exposed.

Who is this whois? Mark Zuckerberg is to Facebook, as whois is to a domain name. Which is to say that whois is a public database that holds all registration information for virtually all registered domain names. For instance, let’s say that your initial domain search did not go smoothly, and the domain you wanted is already taken. You will have an option to know when the domain name will expire, who currently owns, plus other data by looking it up in the whois database. You can then offer the owner a price for his/her domain or wait until it expires and becomes available for purchase.

The information provided by the whois database is as follows:

  • Full name of the domain owner’s
  • The domain owner’s address
  • The domain owner’s phone/mobile number
  • The domain’s date of creation
  • The domain’s expiry date
  • The date the domain was last updated
  • The domain’s registrar

Private Registration

Using a private registration service will replace your personal information from the public whois database with your registrar’s contact information, effectively making it invisible to prying eyes and avoiding many security issues.

These days, it’s unsafe to have your private details available to the public because of security threats. There are multiple programs that are specially created to forcefully take personal data from the whois database, which in turn are used by people who you don’t want your info to be given to, including:

Spammers – Spammers will flood your inbox with emails that contain links to both sites containing malware and those specialising in phishing. This may result in computer viruses or acquiring your credit card details. They possess your name, phone number, and even address.

Identity thieves – There are several cases where identity thieves obtain personal data through the whois database, subsequently creating additional domain names and email addresses in the original owner’s domain. Through this, they are able to steal your login credentials, take your domain name and even your website.

Solicitors – They may not be as bad as the previous examples, solicitors can be irritating. Because of the amount of the information they have access to, they can easily flood your phone, inbox and postal mailbox. There’s nothing more frustrating than continuous phone calls that waste time and don’t lead to profit.

As you can see, there are many important benefits in keeping your personal details private. In order to prevent identity theft, spam and unwanted solicitation, consider Crazy Domain’s Domain Privacy Protection, which is accomplished through Private Registry Authority® who will defend your personal information from the public and the global Whois database. We recommend Privacy Protection for all businesses.

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